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Cong rebuts Tewari�s claim on troops movement

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Jan 10 - Reigniting the 2012 troops movement row, Congress leader Manish Tewari has termed as �unfortunate but true� a media report suggesting a coup attempt by General VK Singh, provoking a strong rebuttal by his own party and derisive denial by the former Army Chief.

Ruling BJP questioned the timing of the former Union Minister�s claim, but the

latter stood firm on what he had said.

Replying to a question at a book release function here yesterday, Tewari virtually dug out the nearly four-year-old controversy from its grave, saying, �At that point of time I used to serve in the Standing Committee on Defence. And it�s unfortunate but the story was true. Story was correct.�

Tewari, who was Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting in the UPA government between October 2012 and May 2014, said, �I am not getting into an argument. All I am saying is that to the best of my knowledge that story was correct�.

The Congress leader was asked about media coverage of issues pertaining to defence forces as in the case of the Indian Express report on April 4, 2012, titled �The January night Raisina Hill was spooked: Two key Army units moved towards Delhi without notifying Govt.�

VK Singh, now Minister of State for External Affairs, dismissed Tewari�s allegation saying it has come from a �person who has no work these days�. � PTI

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